I love the pineapple ginger beer float I made this weekend. I got the recipe from a past guest blogger, Theodore De Dumas and made some variations.
I had ripe ginger and pineapple, so I decided to give this recipe a go for a gathering I was having at my house.
2 lb of fresh ginger root
1 cup of sweetener (preferably date sugar, dates, figs, honey, agave nectar)
1 fresh pineapple (ripe)
14 cups water
-Wash the ginger root, and grate the ginger until it yields about 2 cups.
-Place half of the grated ginger into blender.
-Add 1 cup of water.
-Cover and set blender to high.
-Blend until ginger is well mixed in with the water.
-Repeat with the second half of the ginger, again adding the 1 cup of water.
-Add the mixture to a large pot*.
Note: I ended up only using about 1-2 cups of the liquid ginger mix and saved the rest in Ziploc bags. Ginger is really strong and I opted for a more mild ginger taste.
-Slice pineapple and transfer half of the pineapple into the blender.
-Add 1 cup of water and blend on high until pineapple is mixed in the water.
-Move to the pot with the ginger.
-Repeat with the rest of the cut pineapple (and water).
-Add mixture to the pot
-Add 10 more cups of water to the pot
-Half cover the pot with the top
-Bring to a boil on high and boil on medium for about 30 minutes
-Remove the pot from the stove
-Cover the pot completely and allow the mixture to sit for 8 hours or overnight (at room temperature)
-Pour the mixture through a metal strainer to remove the larger pieces of ginger and pineapple
-Use wooden spoon to press the liquid through the strainer
-Use cotton cloth to strain out small particle.
-Use hand to squeeze the ginger beer out of the cloth
Note: I did not have a cotton cloth, so I just used the metal strainer. I also saved the pulp in a Ziploc bag. I think it could make an interesting addition to muffin batter.
-Add the 1 cup of sweetener and stir (add more if desired)
-Chill for 30 minutes
Note: I had an empty juice container that was about 1 quart and the drink filled that container and I had almost 32 ounces leftover, which I put into another container.
-Serve and enjoy!
I had a gathering at my house and everyone loved the drink. A few suggestions were made: use more pineapple, less ginger, and make it sweeter.
Today I had the drink after the second day of it being in the fridge and the ginger taste was not as strong and overall everyone agreed it tasted better.If you make this pineapple ginger beer, please let me know how it goes!
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